£500,000 park and ride opens in Bellshill

THUMBS UP . . . Bellshill councillors (l-r) Richard Lyle, Harry McGuigan and Harry Curran are pleased with the town's new park and ride.
THUMBS UP . . . Bellshill councillors (l-r) Richard Lyle, Harry McGuigan and Harry Curran are pleased with the town's new park and ride.

THE new £500,000 park and ride facility in Bellshill is now open, offering spaces for around 150 vehicles.

The site in Hamilton Road, formerly occupied by the British Legion club, was chosen after Transport Scotland made Bellshill a stop for the hourly express train service between Glasgow Central and Edinburgh.

Work on the new facility began in April after funding was secured through Strathclyde Partnership for Transport’s capital programme.

North Lanarkshire Council’s business manager (roads and operations) Bill Hazel said: “We are delighted that the new park and ride facility is up and running. It will provide much needed spaces for commuters using Bellshill rail station and will help reduce congestion and parking on local roads.”

For full story, see this week’s Bellshill Speaker, dated Thursday, November 24.